Having up to date information on your medical conditions, drug allergies, next of kin and care directives is vitally important to healthcare providers. You should carry this information on you. Always.Despite initiatives such as the My Heath Record (somewhat controversially) being rolled out in Australia, your health records may not always be readily accessible in an … Continue reading Keep EMERGENCY health info with you always.
Usually, your hospital ID bracelet is removed before you leave the hospital. However, sometimes you arrive home with it still on your wrist. Perhaps the nurses forgot to remove it, or perhaps you just wanted to keep it. To minimise the risk of identity theft is important that your ID bracelet is disposed of properly. … Continue reading Dispose of your Hospital ID bracelet properly.
One of the most important documents you own is an Advance Care Plan. Only...most of us don't. Having worked for the last 35 years as an emergency department nurse, one frustrating situation we experience over and over again is when a person becomes seriously unwell to the point where they can no longer communicate, and … Continue reading Advance Care Planning.